Brazilian food - Sao Paulo edition
Brazilian food roundup – Photo Credit: Yone L

It is sometimes/often said that São Paulo is the gastronomical equivalent of New York. The question is then if you go to my hometown..

Where to eat in São Paulo?

Whenever I get the chance to go to Brazil I’m always anticipating all the wondrous food I will get to eat once again. Also most people once they figure out that I’m Brazilian they either ask me how are the beaches, if I have a Brazilian wax or what the food is like. Personally, it’s a little hard for me to explain what Brazilian food is like, we are a crazy eclectic mix of cultures already and though there are a few dishes that epitomise the Brazilian cuisine there are so many others that remind me of my home. Just the churrasco or feijoada aren’t enough to summarise the culinary delights!

For one thing, every time I get the chance to go back home I always find a whole new bunch of eateries that opened – which makes it incredibly hard for me to keep my weight stable.

Here’s a bit of a round-up of some of the new/old restaurants in São Paulo city that I stuffed myself at..there’s so many and I would need to basically have to move back home to be able to explore them all but here’s a sampler for an idea of the culinary delights that São Paulo can provide!

If you want to check out all the pics of the food from these different places follow my Instagram #musefluxInSaoPaulo #musefluxInBrazil or #musefluxFoodie for food pics.

Coffee Shops

Taken at Caffe Latte with their glowy tangerine cheesecake
Taken at Caffe Latte with their glowy tangerine cheesecake. Photo Credit: Yone L

Caffe Latte
If you want to feel like you are in the heart of the old school economic centre of São Paulo city this is the place, for a quick coffee break or lunch/dinner. I just loved the screen prints that were done directly on the walls.
Address: Rua do Comércio, 58 – Centro
Recommended dishes: Picadinho Paulistano (Hand-chopped beef seasoned and cooked in a brown sauce, rice, sautéed kale, boiled potatoes, and a poached or fried egg. Sides include farofa which is a seasoned manioc flour and a fried banana), Tangerine Cheesecake, must-try their Caffe Latte (of course!)
Pricing: $

Café Suplicy
This place has quite a few outlets around the city but the flagship one is in Jardins. Great place for a some Brazilian traditional snacks, cold frappés & of course coffee! They also sell their own blends if you want to take it back home or give as a gift. 
Alameda Lorena, 1430 – Jardins
Recommended dishes: Their Machiatto, Café Lácrima
Pricing: $$

Santo Grão
Another place that has grown into having a few more outlets and even their menu has expanded. I love this place mainly for it’s chilled out cozy house-like building and also in the evenings
Address: Avenida Higienópolis, 618 (inside Livraria da Vila bookstore)
Recommended dishes: Their coconut water fruit juices are all divine, smoked salmon with fluffy eggs on a potato rosti, mushroom foccacia, leek quiche
Pricing: $$


Lunch at Pirajá. Photo Credit: Yone L
Lunch at Pirajá. Photo Credit: Yone L

Bar do Juarez
They have many outlets but my favourite one, right on a street coner, it’s always full! I love the tiled floors and I always go for the Picanha 
Address: Avenida Juscelino Kubitschek, 1164 – Itaim Bibi – São Paulo
Recommended dishes: Picanha on the Réchaud, 700g of rump steak comes with 3 different seasoning sides and a bread basket (700 gr)
Pricing: $$

This place is so close to my university
Rua Joaquim Távora, 1150 – Vila Mariana
Recommended dishes: Asides from the beer from tap their snacks are many flavours of awesome, the meatballs or the cod balls are really yummy.
Pricing: $

A new place to São Paulo styled in a more Rio de Janeiro way aka carioca
Address: Av. Brigadeiro Faria Lima, 64 – Pinheiros
Recommended dishes: Picanha on the Réchaud, 700g of rump steak comes with 3 different seasoning sides and a bread basket (700 gr)
Pricing: $$

Hope this post helps you in figuring out where to eat or where the locals like to eat!
There were so many places that I went to this time back home that I might have to make a Part 2! Of this

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